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islam and asking islam to help us understand doctrine and ethics and social dimension. and in this class- i keep saying we have extraordinary classes, but indeed we do today- we're going to look at the african-american muslim movement, sometimes called the black muslim movement, nation of islam. and we're just absolutely thrilled- later in this class, we have imam wd mohammed, who will come in and handle not just questions about african-american muslim movement, but islam in general, so that's really something to look forward to. what i wanted to do was to set this up, if we could go to the graphics, to look at one of our key themes. now, not just speaking about the nation of islam here, we're speaking about islam and religion in general, as is our way in this class, but we think about identity and relationship. well, what if we talked about identity and self-esteem and relationship as empowerment? that's what i think we're seeing when we're talking about the african-american muslim movement. in other words, identity is self-esteem- a person must feel good about themselves- and relations
great class here on islam- we're going to be asking another world religion to help us understand the doctrinal dimension. but we're having so much fun and we've had such an interesting set of classes that i'd just like throw it out- whatever "it" is- once again to this great audience, and any observations you've had since we last met that bring up some of our key class themes- we're always getting some interesting comments here. yeah, virginia? >> i wasn't going to say anything this week. however- >> why not? >> i've found that- i opened new yorker, and here are political cartoons on our meditation- one thing, it says, "our journey." you know, he says, "have we arrived yet?"- these little children sitting there in meditative poses. and when we were talking about the dome of the rock, there's a spread in the magazine about that. everything seems so current now. >> you begin to see these things once you- it reminds me of my geology class. you know, i took geology to get through my general ed, and just taking that course, it helps me see more in the natural environment, and hopefull
observances of islam. we have more on this annual tradition. >> reporter: its name means to set out for a place. and for muslims around the world, that place is the holy city of mecca. the hajj has begun for millions of muslims, with pilgrims making their way toward islam's most sacred sight. for daily prayers, muslims face this from any given point in the world. they're required, if able, to make the pilgrimage once in their lives. and then, walk several times around counterclockwise. >> translator: islam is beautiful. and we are beautiful. we love all people. >> reporter: the mosque's gleaming minarets soar skyward. calling the faithful, five times a day. >>> to our viewers who are already on facebook, at facebook.com/cnnstudentnews. we asked if the release of a poplar video game could distract people from voting. awnna says maybe. nicolo assumes that most people who are interested in games aren't as interested in the presidential election. janie writes, i play games. but i'm voting this year. someone lets a game take their right to vote away, they are ungrateful. tyler doesn't th
and southwest asia is largely islamic. but jerusalem, like the rest of israel and palestine, is bitterly divi between muslims anjews. at the beginning of the 21st century, arabs in the israeli-occupied territories on the west bank and the gaza strip began an uprising they called the "second intifada." it was marked by a seemingly endless cycle of arab attacks and suicide bombings followed by israeli repriss. in order to understand the prospects for peace, we explore the historical geography of israel and palestine with special emphasis on the sacred space of jerusalem. for half a century, israelis and palestinians have battled over jerusalem and a larger homeland. helping to mediate competing claims was dennis b. ross, special envoy for the first president bush and then president clinton. as his term ended, the peace process crumbled. the intifada that began has had lots of casualties. unfortunately, one of the worst casualties-- in addition to the true human suffering-- has been a loss of complete faith and belief in peacemaking. what is so disheartening for someone like me, after having dot
to the united states and the arab world primarily, but the larger middle east and islamic world as well. he's spent some time, several years in the united arab emirates as a researcher at the emirates center for strategic studies and research and wrote a voluminous study of the issue of the three islands that are occupied by iran and became occupied on december the 1st, 1971, with the, one of the three islands that the iranians occupied was smaller than the hip or the naval version -- ship or naval vessel that occupied it. so it's been a controversial issue ever since within gcc circles and the united arab emirates foreign policy circles. dr. thomas mattair. >> thank you very much, john. i look forward to doing this, and i appreciate the invitation. i especially look forward to it because i, as chairman, don't have to make formal remarks. that's up to my panelists. i think this is a very well chosen topic and a very well chosen panel because we are about to have an election for the presidency. whoever becomes president will have a number of very important decisions to make, and we could eva
was referring our began, referring to islamic state. if you listen now to what is coming from tunisia and what is coming from egypt, you don't speak about i don't talk the islamic state. they're talking about civil state with islamic reference. this is what they are saying. it means religion is not going to impose a structure. having said that, are we playing with words or are we now really talking about something which is the state is a bottom-up delegation of power and religion is something, coming from on high and it has no power on the decision of the state. what is coming from the new islamist and even some sociologists are saying this is no longer islamist. this is post-islamist. i don't even know what started and when it's ending, but we have some problems here with terminology. the point is that they're referring to islam and the our critical question that we have to ask it when it comes to the prerogative of the state in which we are dealing with the principle. my point here is to say the muslim military cut should be quite clear on 69 principles, but for me are not negotiable. the fi
-- >> 2011. >> the subject is about ins -- islam. you write about a guy. your pronunciation of all of these things as a complement. how do you do it? it looks like it is without effort. >> i am glad it looks like it. you make an effort and sometimes you get it wrong. sometimes it is basic words. arabic is a varied language and there are so many dialects and different pronunciations. >> this is the page you talk about islam and the difference between jan and now duty. >> he was a lawyer in the time where pakistan was part of british india and part of the long fight for independence. he was a secular politicians. i do not believe he used that word. he gave a famous speech in which he said to this country which was mostly muslim but had millions of hindus and many other kinds of people, that the state has business that is separate from religion. you were free to go to your temples, you're mosques, but they are separate. we are not going to discriminate based on color, cast, or creed. it was an amazing the progressive speech in 1947. it would have been an amazingly progressive speech i
insulting islam. despite the administration's attempts to convince of that. >> but they insist the only reason it's a political issue at all is because romney and ryan are making it one. october 11th, right before the vice presidential debate, i asked her if she really meant that. >> what are you suggesting. are you suggesting we are playing politics with this? you have been -- >> this has become the political topic. four people are dead. >> absolutely. this administration. let me get my sentence out. this administration has treated this entire tragedy with the utmost seriousness. at the same time we're doing that, we have two people campaigning around the country accusing us of covering something up. >> bret: but in the vice presidential debate itself, the moderator makes libya her first question. >> wasn't this some massive intelligence failure. >> it was a tragedy. we will get to the bottom of it. mistakes that were made will not be made again. >> what we are watching is unraveling of the obama foreign policy. >> they wanted more security there. >> we were told -- we did not though t
of its sovereign rights to a foreign power. some claim it's all different now with the islamic republic because the arab awakening, the demonstration effect will work together with sanctions to find the break the back of the islamic republic. but this ignores the fact that the islamic republic sees the arab awakening as hugely positive, hugely positive. iranian policymakers and analysts believe that any arab government, any arab government that becomes at all more representative of its populations beliefs, concerns and policy preferences will, by definition, be less enthusiastic about strategic cooperation with the united states, let alone with israel, and more open to iran's message of foreign policy independence. what policy elites here ms., is the islamic republic does not need governments to be more pro-iranian. that's not what they need. they just need these governments to be less pro-american, less pro-israel and more independent. but you often hear in washington in particular that the arab awakening means that iran is going to see. it's only arab allies. or as candidate romney sa
meansssuppprters of islamic laa. rrgers says: same involved. but same peoole organization cleaaly they the momentum of 9//1 clearly 667 pm on september 11, the whitt house situation room, was alerted, in this state departmenntemail that quote embbssy tripoli eporrs the grouppansar al--haria claimmd responsibility oo facebook and ttitter. while tte administration has dissiised social medii, the nly suusecc ansar al-sharia. of - second suspeet, a liibyn, has been kiiled in caaro after he rigged his apartment with explosives nd exchanged ggnfire with egyptian authortiis. fox news ps also told a third suspect is belieeed to have fought for faaing growing crutiny are o - the ciaadirector david petraeus, tthedirector of clapper and their initial ames assessments that blamed the anti-islam video. the &pcriticism noo comes from a senior republican senator. mccain ays: the talking points came from the white hosue but the white hhuse clearly had to get their information from clapper andd anything i hhve ever imagined - their se two inddviduals and agencies if
of government, ladies and gentlemen, i salute you in the name of islam. peace and prayers be on you. mr. president, it gives me pleasure to congratulate you and your friendly country in assuming the presidency of the general assembly in its current session. i wish you success in your mission. carter also like to express my sincere appreciation to your predecessor, and to the brotherly state of qatar. i would also like to pay tribute to the secretary general of the united nations for his convenient -- his convening efforts to preserve the organization and enhance its effectiveness. i assure your of egypt support to all of the efforts you make in this endeavor. mr. president, my presence here today before the general assembly has multiple significant. i am the first egyptian civilian president elected democratically and freely, following a great peaceful revolution hailed by the entire world. through the revolution, we established a legitimate presidency through all egyptians. inside and outside egypt. and with the grace of god. today, every egyptian shares a sense of self confidence, all
on sunday talk shows as it was a demonstration, prompted by a youtube video for anti-islam film that spun out of control. >> if any of the administration officials including any career official, were on television on sunday, september 16, they would have said what ambassador rice said. >> challenged repeatedly by a republican who returned from the region. i was in libya and nobody mentioned a video. >> in the year leading up to the attack, ied attack on the consulate in june, lawmakers were told that triply could not control the american interest. >> we could not rely on them for security, intelligence and law enforcement help to identify the emerging threat. or ask them for assistance mitigating the threat. >> newly released e-mails and testimony, one team dominated. official washington was preoccupied with reducing the number of american security personnel at the consulate and replacing them with libyan guard. even after series of attacks on diplomats. lieutenant colonel andrew wood recently oversaw military security for the consulate. >> we were the last flag flying in benghazi. we wer
have tried to keep hosni mubarak in power in egypt. he called it the rice of violence, hate, islamic extremism, madness, and death. on the other hand you have conservative policy makers who have celebrated the fall of arab tear tyrannies. this debate is important. over the next few decades the middle east could see the rise of a ill liberal democracies, countries with elections before few individual rights or it could see a graduation toward plurmism and the rule of law but this discussion is being super seeded by a visceral reaction to islam as hannity suggests that is nigh never accurate nor is helpful in understanding what is happening on the ground. the heart of the problem in the arab world is that the old order was highly unstable. repressive regimes like the one in eject had created over the decades extreme opposition movements. that opposition often became violent and it attacked america for supporting these dictatorships. in other words, america's support for mubarak or other regimes fueled the anti-american terrorist groups that then attacked us on 9/11. al qaeda understand
for the novel "the satanic verses" deemed, quote "against islam, the prophet, and the koran," end quote. this is about an hour twenty. >> thank you very much. [applause] thank you and welcome to this evening's conversation. i wanted to just begin explaning that in march of 1992 i interviewedded him for the first time near dulles airport. i had to meet a stranger at a hotel bar to take me to the secret location. i knew him by the fact he was carrying a "wall street journal," and -- [laughter] and we had a lengthy interview, by my standards, and i went back today to read what he said in the interview, and what i said in introducing it, and i realized what i wrote 20 years ago is equally true today. i wrote, "there's one thing i want to say before anything else, and that is that he wrote "midnight's children," a novel about india having me in stitches several years ago. for that book alone, i wanted to interview him and go out of the way hotel and meet some designated intermediary and then go somewhere else to do it." [laughter] needless to say, he's no longer famous for writing good novel
it as a gathering place for political events on campus. islamic art is now on display at the m-l-k library. the islamic art exhibit is a san francisco bay area non-profit group. their mission is to promote islamic art and provide a platform for creative and unique individuals of the muslim community. every year the islamic art exhibit looks for talented people to participate in their year long exhibit, including children. ">>>theres a lot of different intrepretations of what they've done, so it's very interesting to see how everybody kind of gets a theme and has to run with it." the islamic art exhibit will be shown on the fourth floor of the m-l-k library until november 29th. thats it for arts and entertainment this week guys, back to you! thanks big guy, i loved it. over 700 students reside in joe west hall. out of those 700...not a single one is a above a first year student. upper classmen who wanted to live in joe west were forced to find other accomodations. we spoke to a pair of those students about their expirences. ">>>miguel patino is a thrid year computer engineering student who
as it was a demonstration, prompted by a youtube video for anti-islam film that sn f of t ininyeeffl, on television on sunday, september 16, they would have said what ambassador rice said. >> challenged repeatedly by a republican who returned from the region. i was in libya and nobody mentiod a video. >> in the yeareading up to the attack, ied attack on the consulate in june, lawmakers reoldhaplou colmen re >>conoelnm for security, intelligence and law enforcement help to identify the emerging threat. or ask them for assistance mitigating the threat. >> newly released e-mails and testimony, one team dominated prupwiucgsngtoas pene tsund acthit libyan guard. even after seriesf attacks on diplomats. lieutenant colonel andrew wood recently oversaw military security for the consulate. >> we were the last flag flying in benghazi. we werehe lt tn ea drage reeetok its own action. >> the fact is that since 2011, the house has cut embassy security by hundreds of millions of dollars. beloamount reqsted b the id >>asren, s ulkeeuensm rtin s partment briefing room. what is clear tonight there s unhappiness at
and south pacific coains t fourth most populous country ithe wod anthe largest islamic country in world they, in fact, one and the same: indonesia. a frmentary state spadcross anpegoof 13,iss, i. latelyitoes no seemo unifie eastimor ry rwhile most of indonesiais , irian jaya threaten the same. the island of bali is mostly hindu.timor ry recently bombed is ta popur nightclub here? or it is because the tropical paradise was a mecca for western tourists? in theurrent war against terrorism, we explore the geographical roots of the tourist economy that crashed after the violent attack in 2002; whetr the influx of sitors will threaten the loca and how ba's distinct cuure fits into the complex diveity of indonesia. still use the methods passed down from their grandfathers. but life around them is chaing. it's a lot greener some of those roadsideught stalls look interesting. yeah, might do those tomorrow still haven't worked out the money though. ( people clamoring, airport announcements ) narror: balias bn a ist mecca for more tn 50 years. still haven't worked out the money though. ( people clamor
to the u.k. for treatment. are the weapons intended for rebels ending up in the hands of islamic extremists? and when he was convicted of murder, he lost his right to vote. 30 years later, he is on a mission to make his ballot count. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and also around the globe. the teenager shot in the head of arrived in britain for specialized medical treatment. she was targeted a week ago for her vocal campaign for a girl's right to get an education. since then, there has been an outpouring of international and pakistan the support. she is being treated at the queen elizabeth hospital in birmingham. >> she leaves a military hospital after almost a week of emergency treatment. her destination, britain. this after then, she arrived at birmingham airport. the ambulance driving slowly through the streets to the queen elizabeth hospital. hear, a large number of doctors ought hand with years of experience treating british soldiers wounded in afghanistan. >> she will be assessed by range of specialists and a variety of other teams, which is clearly why she is
/11 this has been the face of islam for a lot of people in the country that just don't buy it when people argue that extremism and islam are not the same thing. all they can remember are the tragedy of the twin towers, not to mention the fact that countless suicide bomb attacks and ied explosions tend to drown out a voice of an teen girl. the world now knows this face, that of a little girl in pakistan that wanted to go to school and simply refused to be intimidated by heavily armed taliban thugs. from the age of 11 she argued the koran does not say girls should not have education. after the attack on her pakistan's general says islam guarantees every person, male or female, to rights dignity. now at least, two things should be frighteningly clear here and over there. first, this young girl and what she stands for are not our enemy. secondly, extremists like the taliban are nobody's friend. anita. >>> thank you, derek. you were talking about tweaking the weather forecast. we thought you would leave it alone. >>> i thought i could too, actually. it is still sunny. that's the good news, we'll get
's not what islam is. about. >> reporter: some people have already defaced those anti- muslim signs that equate muslim radicals with savages. a washington examiner picture shows a woman using post-its to cover up the hate message. >> i was so angry. >> reporter: when you step off the train at some metro stations, these are the signs that you see. it was one-sided, but now c.a.r.e. has evened the playing field. >> this is the first manufacture ads. >> reporter: the council on -- first of many ads. >> reporter: the council on american islamic relations is putting up three banners at metro stations to counter the anti-muslim ads. >> we take these hate messages very seriously and they need to be countered through collective american efforts to reject islam phobia. >> it's a good statement. >> reporter: do you agree with that? >> yeah. >> reporter: show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant is a passage straight from the qur'an. >> i think it's very humble and shows humility. they're not lashing back at it. they're not saying anything too violent. that's appropriate.
. here's surae chinn. >> reporter: i'm surae chinn at the u street metro station where an islamic group has answered back by putting up their own signs to counter these hate ads. >> i'm a muslin myself and that's not what islam is about. >> reporter: some people have already defaced those anti- slim signs that equate muslim radicals with savages. a washington examiner picture shows a woman using post-its to cover up the hate message. the council on american islamic relations or c.a.r.e. is putting up three 16-foot banners at metro stations to counter the anti-muslim ad. >> we take these hate messages very seriously and they need to be countered through collective american efforts. >> reporter: diane tetfer was inspired on her train ride today. >> i had to counteract this however i could. >> reporter: she made her own sign saying all human beings are created in the image of god. >> i did think about taking my gum and sticking this up. >> reporter: c.a.r.e. says the ads are hurtful and creates a climate of fear at a time when mosques are being shot at, vandalized and burned. >> it's a
, whom so ever leads a campaign against islam and shariah is ordered to be killed by shariah. he has never lead a campaign against islam but religious extremists see that differently. when she was 11 years old she began right writing an anonymous blog. when the pakistan was driven out of her ton, her identity was revealed and she won an award for her bravery, pakistan's youth peace prize. she lead a delegation of children's rights activists sponsored by unicef that made present takings to politicians. she talked about how the simple act of going to school could be terrifying. >> the world, the girls are going to school freely and there is no fear but in swat, when we go to school we are afraid of taliban. he will kill us and throw acid on our face and he can do anything. >> when she was 12 years old, 12 years old, she met with richard holbrooke, president obama's special envoy to the region. >> how old are you? >> i am 12. >> 12 years old? >> yeah. i would address you all and ambassador, i would request if you can help us in our education, please help. >> according to the "new york t
and number four and certainly very important to prevent the arab states from aiding the islamic resistance movements in the north caucasus that were beginning to spread through the rest of russia by keeping good ties with the sunni alignment of the sunni gulf states, egypt and jordan and the shia group of iran's syria and hezbollah was not easy especially as tension rose between the two groups. this was to be increasingly clear with the onset of the arab spring. when you look initially at russian concerns in the arab spring, it can spread to russia was efforts on the same problems as the arab states, autocratic government, widespread corruption and rising prices and indeed democracy demonstrators were shouting the revolutionary train stopped at the station in cairo, next stop moscow. the second concern, islam is my takeover and in a ending chaos and further inspire the islamists and north caucasus and increasingly and khe sanh as well. number three is oil and gas investments in the middle east could be jeopardized as well as the business and arms sales deals and number four when libya occu
was just a spontaneous demonstration about the anti-islam video. >> there is no justification, none at all for a responding to this video with violence. >> reporter: current white house press secretary says flat out the next day. >> these protests were in reaction to a video. we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. >> and later that day when the president and secretary of state greet the deceased at joint base andrews, clinton talks again about the video. >> we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. >> september 15th, california authorities they call in the man that produced the video for questioning and marched him in front of tv cameras. september 16, u.s. ambassador to the united nations goes on five talk shows repeating the same story each time. >> what happened initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had transpired in cairo. >> my reaction where is secretary of state hillary clinton. >> to john bolton who served as u.s. ambassador under george bush, the choice of rice i
. >> september 13th, hillary clinton citizen it was spontaneous demonstration about the anti-islam video. >> there is no justification for responding to this video with violence. >> white house press secretary jay carney blames the video the next day. >> the protests were reaction in to a video. we have no information it was a preplanned attack. >> and later that day, at the transfer of remains known at joint base andrews, clinton talks again about the video. >> we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with. >> the father of one of those killed later tells fox news clinton told him personally they were going to arrest and prosecute the producer of the video. next day, september 15th, california authorities haul a man who produced the video in for questioning and march him in front of tv cameras. september 16th. u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice goes on five sunday talk shows repeating the same story each time. >> there was not a premeditated attack. what happened any initially it was a spontaneous re
in egypt. hannity described the emerging democratic system in egypt as the rise of violence, hate, islamic extremism, madness, and death. on the other hand, you have conservative policy makers like paul wolfowitz and others who have celebrated the fall of arab tyrannies, some of whom only wish that president obama had been quicker to support the transition to elections. this debate is important. over the next few decades the middle east could see the rise of illiberal democracies, countries with elections but few individual rights, or it could see a gradual evolution toward pluralism and the rule of law. but this discussion is being superseded by a visceral reaction to islam and islamism as hannity's comments suggest that is neither accurate nor helpful in understanding what is happening on the ground. the heart of the problem in the arab world was that the old order was highly unstable. repressive regimes like the one in egypt had created over the decades extreme opposition movements. that opposition often became violent, and it attacked america for supporting these dictatorships. in othe
that an islamic militant group was claiming responsibility. officials maintained for days that the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and others was in response to a anti-islam film. from now on, metro will include a disclaimer on all new non- commercial ads that they do not endorse the views expressed. the ads already up will not have disclaimers. metro fought the advertisements, but a judge ordered them to post them citing freedom of speech. a series of public hearings on proposed metro bus service changes. one atom takes place tonight and be held at the shirlington library in arlington. open house is at 6:00 p.m. followed by the hearing at 6:30 a sexual assault that happened in broad daylight at falls church. >> they may be linked to six similar crimes. last friday afternoon, a woman was pushing a stroller when a man grabbed her from behind. the intersection of south maple avenue and gibson street. >> he did not let go until she started screaming. this individual is escalating his attacks. a very brazen and aggressive. he needs to be caught. >> date created this composite sk
related to an anti-islam video as the causeeof the ttack in benghaai. ambassador chris staff and security officerrs stormed the weakly defended embassy. today congress revvalee the ambassadors &pofficer had asked for 6 securitt officers, but their request was ddnied time and time again. the state department claims therr were √°enough√° security guards at the benghazi consulatt on september eleventh. 3 tt start off by saying you had the correct numberrand our ambassador and three other individuals are dead and three people are in he hospital recovering, beeause it only took moments to breech that doesn't ring true with the aaerican people. the white house still hasn't said why they also went with the false claim bout the cause f the attack. one congrrssmann... says... the... white house... ignored... the warniig signs... in libya.../ and... then... ried to... cover-up the ource... of theevvolence. violence.jeff abbll tells us... congressman jasonn chaffetz went to the middle east country.... and found a much different story than tte one told by
an extremely offensive video directed at muhammed, islam. >> making fun of the profit muhammed. >> this caused great offense and the muslim world. >> september 19 ahead of the counterterrorism broke from the white houseewith his testimony on capitol hill. >> would you say ambassador stevens died as a result of a terrorist attack? >> on that particular question, i would say they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. lou: that confirms the state department and others has been monitoring the events on the ground in realtime in benghazi. that video shot by reuters from another vantage point* giving us a picture much the same with the state department was seeing as those four americans were killed. next day jay carney tells a different story. that it is "self-evident what happened and benghazi was a terrorist attack. suddenly was self-evident and suddenly a terrorist attack. but then a bomb ahead is on his words in the interview with the new vision. >> the white house said today it was a terrorist attacks. >> we're still doing an investigation. i don't want to speak to som
're headed into the ethical dimension next. actually, we're headed into islam- you know, we're going to be looking at islamic teachings and again asking islam to help us understand doctrine. but the key underlying point in this class and the previous one with jonestown- and chris's comment was also a very helpful way to kind of end this class- that hey, folks, you know, we're not just- you know, it's just not hanging out getting humanities credit or three units of credit. we have to pay attention to religion- it can't just be a privatized thing in a free society. maybe it was okay when vastly everybody was protestant or something, you know, 150 years ago. but as we become more religiously diverse, as we see more pressures on people, we are going to see more extreme kinds of religious behavior. so that's the power of religious belief, and we'll keep on it in the next class, looking at islam.
rushdie recounts the fatwa issued against him in 1989 which was deemed, quote, against islam, the prophet and the quran, end quote. this is about an hour, 20. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. and welcome to this evening's conversation with salman rushdie. i want to just begin by explaining that in march of 1992 i interviewed mr. rushdie for the first time. it was near dulles airport. i had to meet a stranger at a hotel bar who would take me to his secret location. i'd know him by the fact that he was carrying a "wall street journal" -- [laughter] and we had a lengthy interview by my standards. and i went back today to read what salman rushdie said in that interview and what i said in many introducing it. and i realize that what i wrote 20 years ago is equally true today. here's what i wrote: there's one thing i'd like to say before anything else, and that is that he wrote "midnight's children," a brilliant novel about india that had me in stitches several years ago. for that week alone, i would want to interview salman rushdie and would probably even go to some out of the way
of the islamic/libya fighting grew. islamist militants have be there for a long time. they september more fighters to iraq more than any other country during the war there. this part of libya is not under strong government control, and so in one sense, if this wasn't predictable, at least one can look at the circumstances and s say. >> i think what the dynamic is one thing that strikes me is that the difference this time around with some periods in the past is that you have an elected government in libya that has legitimacy as a result, that has not only denounced the attack but come out very strongly in support of the united states, seemed very determined to track down these people. you have an elected islamic government in tunisia denouncing the ail die da attack. you have an elected official in egypt denouncing the attack. not as eloquently as we would have liked, but he did it. an elected government. in other words, for your the first time you have a lot of people with street credit in the muslim world and in the islamic world saying, you know, this is bad, this kind of violence in th
and violent protest took place in parts of the islamic world. bookstores in britain that carried it were bombed. within several years the book's japannese translator killed, its norwegian publisher ahead. khomeini spiritual leader of islam's republic issued a decree for his death. the author went into hiding for nearly a decade before the fatwa was lifted. now salman rushdie has written a memoir titled joseph anton, the code name he used both on two of his favorite authors. welcome to you. >> thank you. before we get to the fatwa one of the things that fascinated was the description of your early years in india and educated in england. you present yourself as a secular muslim. but one trying to understand the religion and your role in it. >> i mean i grew up in a family in which there was very little religion. my father wasn't religious at all. but he was really interested in the subject of, you know, the birth and growth of islam. he basically transmitted that interest to me. so when i studied history at cambridge, i did a special subject in that exactly. while i was studying it was whe
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